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World-renowned DJ Roger Sanchez will perform at EPT Barcelona Poker Festival party
The party, which is being sponsored by PokerTracker, will kick-off at 10.30pm on August 20 at Teatre Principal, located in the heart of the city’s famous Las Ramblas boulevard.

EPT gears up for spectacular 100th event in Barcelona
An unrivaled schedule of pursuits will be on offer for all players at the historic 100th EPT event.

EPT set to break qualifier records for 100th event in Barcelona
The historic 100th EPT kicks off mid-August and numbers already look set to beat last year’s EPT Barcelona Poker Festival record of 378 qualifiers.

EPT announces schedule for 100th EPT in Barcelona
Joining forces with the national Estrellas Poker Tour once again, the festival will feature a total of 43 events from August 16 to 27, 2014.

European Poker Tour to host Europe's largest-ever poker festival to celebrate 100th event
Poker players and fans will not want to miss this historic celebration which will likely set European prize and attendance records from August 16 – 27, 2014 at the Casino Barcelona.

World Tennis Number One Rafa Nadal wins Live Poker Tournament in Prague
Tennis star beats Brazilian football legend Ronaldo and world number one poker player Daniel Negreanu to win €50,000 for charity.

Brazilian football legend Ronaldo heads to Barcelona for Spain's biggest poker festival
Ronaldo Nazario, in Barcelona this week, to take part in an invitational charity poker tournament, part of the European Poker Tour.

Spain: People cutting back on gambling
A new study shows that the Spanish cut their back on gambling spend in 2012.

Playtech licensees launch casino and poker rooms in the newly regulated Spanish market
Playtech was ready for the Spanish market prior to the issue of online gaming licenses by the Spanish government on 1st June, ensuring Playtech licensees were among first to launch in Spain.

Spain awards license to 888
The license is for the provision of casino, poker, bingo and sport.

Spain embraces online gambling
Spain due to announce today who has been awarded an online gambling license.

Bwin.party will pay Spanish back taxes
Bwin.party to settle back-taxes under newly applied historic law as part of its bid to acquire a Spanish online gambling license.

Report predicts liberalisation of Spanish online gambling market will be a success
Spanish gambling market is currently at the top of the strategic agenda of most industry executives.

Spanish court hears unfair competition challenge
Civil lawsuit before Spanish courts as Codere challenge bwin and Real Madrid over unfair competition.

Spanish lotto winner tosses tickets
Spanish man accidentally chucks out syndicate's winning ticket worth $12 million.

Rank revenue rises
The snow has slowed business at bingo halls, but Rank sees its revenue rise.

Euromillions: UK ticket-holder wins record £56m prize
The largest-ever Euromillions lottery prize has been won by a ticket purchased in England and in Spain.

Flu keeps Spanish woman from learning of lottery jackpot
International news brief: 25-year-old Spanish woman only learned of her good luck days later after spending the weekend bed-ridden with the flu.

75-year old wins Spanish Poker Tour
Cayetano Garcia, at 75 years old, is the oldest person ever to win a major poker tournament in Europe.

Spain's first bookmaker opens shop
International News Brief: Spain's first sports betting shop opened for business on Wednesday, one of thousands that foreign bookmakers hope to launch in the football-crazy nation which already bets more than any other European country.

Begawin targets Spain
International News Brief: Begawin Malta Ltd has announced the launch of Begawin.com, a new online casino and sportsbook aimed at the Spanish market.

Bwin beings Madrid pilot project
BWin's pilot retail project is now being developed in Madrid, Spain, in collaboration with Betbull.

bwin sponsors Spanish team
bwin is pleased to announce a new partnership starting on 1 July 2007 as official main sponsor of Real Madrid, the top Spanish football club.

CAP Euro back in Barcelona
CAP Euro is back with an even bigger and better event in sunny Barcelona, and best of all affiliates still go free.

CAP Barcelona in October
Following the huge success of CAP Euro in London, the organisers have announced a follow up event to take place in Barcelona at the beginning of October immediately following EIG the leading European iGaming event.

Study: The Spanish Gambling Market - Key region for future growth
The gambling industry is on the search for new growth regions; Spain is expected to be a key future market.

Spain

Spain’s online gambling market officially opened on 5 June 2012 with the launch of .es dedicated websites. In the first three quarter of 2013 alone, the Spanish market generated €168 million in gross gaming revenue.

But the path to becoming a lucrative regulated online gaming market has been a slow, and sometimes tortuous one.

In 2006, the Spanish government enacted legislation allowing sports betting in shops, retail outlets, and over the Internet. Regional governments could impose conditions as they saw fit. Madrid was the first to draft regulations and license conditions. Spain had been reluctant to sanction other forms of online gambling. However, some independent lottery agents for El Gordo had maintained a healthy presence on the Web.

In 2010, the Sectorial Gaming Commission, consisting of the 17 Autonomous Regions’ (AR) gaming authorities, the State Lotteries Monopoly, and the National Gaming Board, met to discuss publishing new draft laws to regulate online gaming. The draft laws would not contain specifics on taxation. And some ARs initiated drafting local regulations.

The Region of Madrid issued licenses as soon as operators met specified requirements and extended licenses to existing land-based casinos and bingo halls for offering online betting, casino games, and bingo.

Then, in 2011, the country’s cabinet approved a draft law to regulate all forms of remote gaming. The bill created a new commission to oversee advertising practices, prevent access to unlicensed Internet casinos, and implement fines for operators and citizens not adhering to the new gaming laws.

Spain’s Minister for the Economy estimated a legalized online gambling industry could generate annual revenues of €200 million at the time – a number that turned out to be prescient.

In May 2011, the new Gambling Law was endorsed and passed by the Spanish Congress. The law allowed for the establishment and development of online gambling with the exception of games exclusive to the National Lottery (LAE) and Blind Charity Lottery (ONCE). The bill also excluded live in-play betting and bingo due to the potential for dangerously addictive effects. Spain approved adding slot machines to online casinos in spring of 2013, but the regulations surrounding slots games have not gone into effect yet.

The bill, recognizing there was a thriving “gray” market already in existence in Spain, gave operators until 1 January, 2012 to obtain licenses and bring their advertising practices into compliance with regulations. Online gaming licenses needed to be obtained and would be valid for an 18-month period.

Companies that had been serving the Spanish market were not sanctioned. But they were required to pay back taxes (up to five years). It is estimated that bwin.party owed €33 million ($42 million), Sportingbet approximately £20 million ($32 million), and 888 close to €15 million ($20 million).

And tax rates moving forward ranged from 20% to 25%.

Individual licenses must be obtained for each game type provided by the applicant. Licenses are granted to companies willing to house their servers in Spain and operate via a .es domain name.

Like France and Italy, Spain segregated its pool of poker players from the rest of the world.

Unlicensed operators illegally participating in the Spanish market can face penalties as high as €50m.

In September 2012, ARJEL (France’s regulation body), announced it will enter into cooperation with Spain’s Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) to share information about legalized online gambling and help with operating each other’s online poker network. But France’s parliament nixed the idea of sharing player liquidity for poker. Spain is still in discussion with Italy about sharing player pools.


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Spain Jurisdiction News

World-renowned DJ Roger Sanchez will perform at EPT Barcelona Poker Festival party
The party, which is being sponsored by PokerTracker, will kick-off at 10.30pm on August 20 at Teatre Principal, located in the heart of the city’s famous Las Ramblas boulevard.

EPT gears up for spectacular 100th event in Barcelona
An unrivaled schedule of pursuits will be on offer for all players at the historic 100th EPT event.

EPT set to break qualifier records for 100th event in Barcelona
The historic 100th EPT kicks off mid-August and numbers already look set to beat last year’s EPT Barcelona Poker Festival record of 378 qualifiers.

EPT announces schedule for 100th EPT in Barcelona
Joining forces with the national Estrellas Poker Tour once again, the festival will feature a total of 43 events from August 16 to 27, 2014.

European Poker Tour to host Europe's largest-ever poker festival to celebrate 100th event
Poker players and fans will not want to miss this historic celebration which will likely set European prize and attendance records from August 16 – 27, 2014 at the Casino Barcelona.

World Tennis Number One Rafa Nadal wins Live Poker Tournament in Prague
Tennis star beats Brazilian football legend Ronaldo and world number one poker player Daniel Negreanu to win €50,000 for charity.

Brazilian football legend Ronaldo heads to Barcelona for Spain's biggest poker festival
Ronaldo Nazario, in Barcelona this week, to take part in an invitational charity poker tournament, part of the European Poker Tour.

Spain: People cutting back on gambling
A new study shows that the Spanish cut their back on gambling spend in 2012.

Playtech licensees launch casino and poker rooms in the newly regulated Spanish market
Playtech was ready for the Spanish market prior to the issue of online gaming licenses by the Spanish government on 1st June, ensuring Playtech licensees were among first to launch in Spain.

Spain awards license to 888
The license is for the provision of casino, poker, bingo and sport.

Spain embraces online gambling
Spain due to announce today who has been awarded an online gambling license.

Bwin.party will pay Spanish back taxes
Bwin.party to settle back-taxes under newly applied historic law as part of its bid to acquire a Spanish online gambling license.

Report predicts liberalisation of Spanish online gambling market will be a success
Spanish gambling market is currently at the top of the strategic agenda of most industry executives.

Spanish court hears unfair competition challenge
Civil lawsuit before Spanish courts as Codere challenge bwin and Real Madrid over unfair competition.

Spanish lotto winner tosses tickets
Spanish man accidentally chucks out syndicate's winning ticket worth $12 million.

Rank revenue rises
The snow has slowed business at bingo halls, but Rank sees its revenue rise.

Euromillions: UK ticket-holder wins record £56m prize
The largest-ever Euromillions lottery prize has been won by a ticket purchased in England and in Spain.

Flu keeps Spanish woman from learning of lottery jackpot
International news brief: 25-year-old Spanish woman only learned of her good luck days later after spending the weekend bed-ridden with the flu.

75-year old wins Spanish Poker Tour
Cayetano Garcia, at 75 years old, is the oldest person ever to win a major poker tournament in Europe.

Spain's first bookmaker opens shop
International News Brief: Spain's first sports betting shop opened for business on Wednesday, one of thousands that foreign bookmakers hope to launch in the football-crazy nation which already bets more than any other European country.

Begawin targets Spain
International News Brief: Begawin Malta Ltd has announced the launch of Begawin.com, a new online casino and sportsbook aimed at the Spanish market.

Bwin beings Madrid pilot project
BWin's pilot retail project is now being developed in Madrid, Spain, in collaboration with Betbull.

bwin sponsors Spanish team
bwin is pleased to announce a new partnership starting on 1 July 2007 as official main sponsor of Real Madrid, the top Spanish football club.

CAP Euro back in Barcelona
CAP Euro is back with an even bigger and better event in sunny Barcelona, and best of all affiliates still go free.

CAP Barcelona in October
Following the huge success of CAP Euro in London, the organisers have announced a follow up event to take place in Barcelona at the beginning of October immediately following EIG the leading European iGaming event.

Study: The Spanish Gambling Market - Key region for future growth
The gambling industry is on the search for new growth regions; Spain is expected to be a key future market.

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